The parallels and intersections of writing, activism, and mental health.
I don't think I have ever considered my writing process in terms of inner monologue, and reading how you come to an essay made me feel so seen. The need for time to think deeply, to let ideas unspool, to map them out, to think of a great resource/line/arrangement of words, the inner (and sometimes outer) monologue that guides me there. I use Notes on my phone for this all the time, because ADHD = shitty memory so the monologue needs a stenographer. I also came to realize that all of this is a much more meaningful process for me when it relates to my own writing as opposed to the writing I do for clients.
We have so many kinds of fatigue available to us. I saw a story in one of my alma mater's student newspaper today written by a senior. To summarize his first two paragraphs, he has only been using the library as a place to study, but he JUST NOW found out about all of the resources the library has to offer. I'm sure the library staff was horrified to see this in the newspaper. I'm thinking about all the outreach and marketing they do. It's not their fault but Im sure they cringe to see this feedback. On the other hand, Christian extremists are trying to gut libraries. It's all too much, even if we have good leadership, which many of us do not.
We will read whatever you write. We've got you.